ISSUE #92

History of resistance and the black press


Biko 40 years on: A Symbol Beyond His Lifetime


“Death can itself be a politicising thing.”

Power play: how could SA media portray a female president?


Women in politics is contaminated by hegemonic masculinity

Axis and Revolution: Gabeba Baderoon compiles her fourth collection of poetry


“Poetry is not always pretty but sometimes it brings us close to beauty.”

Lessons from KPMG: be on guard, South Africans are on your case


Everyone in South Africa is paying for the sins of KPMG

We Cannot Be Silent: Multi-media exhibition offers space for healing and hope


Honouring the lives of girls and women in South Africa

Human rights reflected through art


Art and Human Rights: An exhibition

Legalizing Othering: The United States of Islamophobia


Legislating the exclusion of Muslims through state and federal policy

Pathways to Free Education


Taking the university beyond the ivory tower

Eskom and the mythology of black empowerment


Disturbing the heroes vs bad guys narrative

Dear Readers of The Journalist

You may have noticed that we have not updated The Journalist with new articles in January and February 2020. This is because we have been reflecting, on our work and planning for a new cycle.

When we started in 2014, we defined the mission of The Journalist as “to give history and context to key issues facing journalists in South Africa.

But the context of Journalism has changed quite dramatically in our county, and throughout Africa, over the last 6 years. It has been a period in which inequality has grown, the unresolved issues of apartheid keep coming back to haunt us and media diversity has not been achieved. And while our promise to give background to stories making news; acknowledge our pioneers; give voice to stories that don’t make the mainstream media and to help trainee journalists, remains, much has happened over the last years to make us reflect on how to maintain this vision today.

The idea is to arm ourselves to emerge anew from March 2020.

Across the world there has been a crisis and decline in print media – both mainstream and alternative. In many cases we have witnessed a suppression by governments and media owners of a diversity of views, particularly those seeking social justice. We have also learnt that the eruption of social media, while potentially a weapon of a new democratic information age, also exhibits the threat of domination by Big Social Media, increased state surveillance, the locking of people into closed networks and the interference of dark forces in news content.

Web platforms across the world have faced the challenges of resource constraints and relevance, and have had to respond accordingly – from keeping public access open, to erecting pay firewalls and experimenting with new funding models.

In this context, a few questions have to be asked. What is Journalism? Who are the news makers, gatherers, commentators and analysts? Where are the voices outside of the bubble of elite and a Western-focussed mainstream?

This discussion is likely to be ongoing and we would like to draw in a broader family of readers and journalists into this conversation. It is a reflection that we need to have, and we feel excited about where this will take us.

In the meantime, we have a range of new and current voices live live from the end of March, and thereafter monthly.

ISSUE #92

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